Brandless Goes Away, A Rare Stumble for SoftBank

| Douglas P. Clement

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) retailer Brandless, which sold beauty products, non-GMO snacks and everyday items under its own non-brand austere label in a radical departure from the norm, is halting operations. Brandless is laying off 70 employees and retaining 10 to fulfill remaining orders, which stopped being accepted Feb. 10.

DTC Mattress Brand Casper Sleep’s IPO Filing Raises Doubts

| Douglas P. Clement

The global sleep company Casper, in a crowded field of mattress-in-a-box companies going direct to customer it helped spawn, has been a darling of the business and lifestyle press, That is, until it recently filed for an IPO, and pundits and the business press attacked the CEO for his obsession with a unicorn valuation.

Nectar Parent Company Resident Raises $12.5 Million

| Douglas P. Clement

Direct-to-customer ecommerce startup Resident, whose home furnishing brands include Nectar, DreamCloud, Level, Awara, Wovenly, Bundle and 1771 Living, has raised $12.5 million from Tel Aviv-based Liquidity Capital. Resident will use the capital to drive growth and move into additional home products.

Revtown Looks to Disrupt Denim Category, Signs Goop Deal

| Mike O'Brien

It’s hard to think of an apparel category that’s more competitive than jeans, with many legacy and upstart brands vying for casual fashion dollars. In this MCM CommerceChat podcast, Revtown co-founder Henry Stafford talks about the company’s disruptive approach, recent partnership moves, DTC roots and where it’s headed.

Nike to Stop Selling on Amazon, Two Years In

| Mike O'Brien

Seeing the future as more DTC and under its control, Nike has decided to stop selling on Amazon’s marketplace after a two-year experiment, CNBC is reporting. The news follows shortly after Nike’s hiring of board member John Donahoe, chairman of PayPal and former CEO of eBay, as its new president and CEO, replacing Mark Parker.